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International Human Rights Day rally in Yogya calls on government to resolve human rights cases
Tribune Yogya – December 10, 2017
Hundreds of students held a protest action at the Pal Putih Monument in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta on the afternoon of Sunday December 10 to commemorate International Human Rights Day.

Jokowi shocked, budget allocations for meetings more than core activities
Tempo – December 9, 2017
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says that the drafting of budgets at both the ministries, state institutions and regional bodies focus more on supporting activities rather than core activities.

Students reject new Yogyakarta airport, call for end to forced evictions
Detik News – December 9, 2017
Protesters and students from the Alliance against the Kulon Progo Airport have again demonstrated in front of the PT Angkasa Pura (AP I) offices in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta this afternoon.

Students march in Papua to mark 3 years since bloody Paniai shootings
Tabloid JUBI – December 8, 2017
Scores of students from Solidarity Against Forgetting the Student Shootings Case in Paniai Regency have held a march from the Waena hosing estate to the Imbi Park in Jayapura, West Papua.

TNI signs MoU with Education Ministry to formalise 'Military into the Schools' program
Detik News – December 4, 2017
Indonesian military (TNI) chief General Gatot Nurmantyo and Education and Culture Minister (Mendikbud) Muhadjir Effendy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Expanding and Improving the Quality of Education and Culture Services.

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Indonesia sentences gay club workers to 2 years in prison
Associated Press – December 15, 2017
An activist says an Indonesian court has sentenced eight men involved in running a gay club and sauna to two years in prison.

'Watch the sky and pray': Bali's volcanic Mt Agung looms large but local miners have little choice but to keep working
South China Morning Post – December 15, 2017

Ketut Suweni shovels gravel on the slopes of Mt Agung while the volcano spews ash clouds. For a second her sandal slips on the pile of black and grey stones and she stumbles onto her hands and knees.

Airlangga takes charge amid drop in electability
Jakarta Post – December 15, 2017
The newly appointed chairman of the Golkar Party, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto, is gearing up to face significant challenges, not only on the electoral front but perhaps more importantly in internal party matters.

Real income of farmers, construction workers declines as result of inflation: BPS
Jakarta Post – December 15, 2017
The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) has said that, despite the increase in income of both small farmers in villages and construction workers in urban areas, their real income has declined as a result of inflation.

Court ruling on extramarital, gay sex draws mixed reactions from netizens
Jakarta Post – December 14, 2017
A Constitutional Court ruling that rejected a petition to outlaw extramarital and gay sex on Thursday has drawn mixed reactions from netizens.

Mass organizations to rally against rave music festival
Jakarta Post – December 14, 2017
Central Jakarta Police have said they will provide security for the planned rallies against the annual electronic music festival Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) set to be held at JIExpo, Kemayoran over the weekend.

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Indonesia: Human rights merely acknowledged, not yet protected
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement – December 11, 2017
On the occasion of international human rights day, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) observes the major human rights issues of concern in Indonesia. Impunity and a fragile criminal justice system have let down victims of human rights abuse and those seeking justice.

International Human Rights Day – West Papua
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release – December 8, 2017
As International Human Rights Day approaches (10 December), The Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu called for West Papuan delegates who attended the ULMWP Summit in Port Vila to be arrested on their return to West Papua.

42nd anniversary of Indonesian full scale invasion of East Timor
Australia East Timor Friendship Association South Australia Inc Media Statement – December 7, 2017
The following statement was released by the Information Officer of the Australia East Timor Friendship Association, Andy Alcock, to observe the 42nd anniversary of the full scale invasion of the Democratic Republic of East Timor by the Indonesian military (TNI) on 7 December 1975.

Indonesia: Development of Kulon Progo Airport continues despite lack of Environmental Permit and rampant violence
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal – December 6, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about two important situations. First, there was a brutal attack against local community members and student activists in the area of the New Yogyakarta international Airport (NYIA).

Indonesia: Critics using meme against public authority is part of freedom of expression
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement – November 30, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned about the following situation. Mr. Setya Novanto, speaker and Chairman of the House of Representatives, was summoned by the KPK(the Corruption Eradication Commission) to take part in an examination process.

Indonesia: Journalist in Timika, Papua brutally attacked by police officers
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal – November 22, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the brutal attack against Mr. Saldi Hermanto, a journalist in Timika, Papua. He was attacked by the police after he criticized on Facebook the police handling of security at an entertainment show he attended.

42 years after Timor-Leste declared independence, ETAN honors and encourages peaceful democracy
East Timor and Indonesia Action Network Statement – November 23, 2017
Next Tuesday, on November 28th, the people of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste will celebrate the 42nd anniversary of their Declaration of Independence.

Indonesia: No end to abusive 'virginity tests'
Human Rights Watch Statement – November 22, 2017
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo should order Indonesia's police chief and armed forces commander to immediately ban so-called "virginity tests" of female applicants, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Indonesia: Absent Ahok, anti-Chinese sentiment on artists' minds at Indonesia shows that test the bounds of tolerance
South China Morning Post – November 17, 2017
There isn't a single image of jailed former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama to be seen, but the man commonly referred to by his Hakka Chinese nickname Ahok looms large at one of the biggest events on the Indonesian art calendar.

Indonesia: Why is the Industrial Relations Court failing workers?
Indonesia at Melbourne – November 15, 2017
Every International Labour Day, workers across Indonesia conduct major protests against outsourcing, low wages, and workforce liberalisation policies. This is perhaps to be expected but more surprising are the calls in recent years for the Industrial Relations Court to be closed down.

Indonesia: Behind Indonesia's illiberal turn
New Mandala – October 20, 2017
The past year or so has seen conspicuous setbacks to Indonesian democracy's capacity to protect many social rights, including of some of the more vulnerable members of society – most notably women, religious and sexual minorities, and victims of the 1965-66 mass killings.

Indonesia: A new ideological contestation emerging in Indonesia?
ISEAS Perspectives – October 19, 2017
A long period of ideological vacuum in mainstream politics came to an end in the lead-up to the 2014 presidential elections and was further confirmed in the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial elections.

Indonesia: 52 years after fascist genocide, Indonesians scared of 'communist ghosts'
Dissident Voice – October 9, 2017
It was once again a hot, muggy day in Jakarta. The air was full of pollutants, epic traffic jams blocking entire center of the city. Biasa, as locals would say, or in a lax translation, 'business as usual'.

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Indonesian court rejects push to outlaw extramarital and gay sex
Sydney Morning Herald – December 14, 2017
Indonesia's Constitutional Court has narrowly rejected a petition to outlaw extramarital and gay sex after more than a year of fierce debate.

Indonesian Constitutional Court declines to ban sex outside marriage
New York Times – December 14, 2017
Indonesia's Constitutional Court on Thursday narrowly rejected a petition asking it to criminalize all sex outside marriage, in a blow to religious conservatives who have been gaining influence in the secular, Muslim-majority country.

Indonesia's asbestos 'time bomb'
Daily Mail – December 14, 2017
The symptoms were mild and seemingly innocuous at first: mostly coughing and fatigue. But it wasn't long he had asbestosis – an incurable scarring of the lungs that often leads to cancer.

Nobody safe in Indonesia's 'trial of the century'
Asia Times – December 14, 2017
Billed as Indonesia's 'trial of the century', the formal arraignment on December 13 of Golkar Party chairman and former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto paves the way for a leadership change in Indonesia's oldest and most influential party ahead of what promises to be a bitterly fought 2018-19 election season.

Lawyer says U.S. responsible for dark history of Papua
Tempo – December 13, 2017
Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman said that the United States is also responsible for the dark history of Papua recorded in the U.S. declassified files.

Asian Church group raises concerns after Papua visit
Radio New Zealand International – December 13, 2017
A group from the Christian Conference of Asia has reported about a pattern of severe human rights violations in Indonesia's Papua region, known as West Papua.

Activists slam Jokowi for lip service on human rights cases
Jakarta Post – December 12, 2017
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has been criticized for claiming that resolving past human rights violations was still part of his administration's agenda, despite having failed to take any concrete measures in the matter.

Batam industry turns to robots as minimum wage skyrockets
Jakarta Post – December 12, 2017
Industrial players in Batam, Riau Islands, are considering using robots to increase production cost efficiency as the monthly city minimum wage (UMK) for workers has continued to increase.

Democracy in meltdown as East Timorese PM denounces 'coup'
Crikey.com – December 12, 2017
As East Timor went to elections this year, the country was the most peaceful and united it had been in its short history. The CNRT-Fretilin government of national inclusion had functioned well, it appeared that the 'Generation of '75' exemplified by Xanana Gusmao, was stepping back from politics and, with the initialing of an agreement with Australia on the Timor Sea, the future looked positive.

East Timor considering contraceptives ban for unmarried women and girls
ABC News – December 12, 2017
East Timor's Government is deciding whether to adopt a controversial new policy that would ban contraceptives for anyone except married couples.

US discloses documents on Papua independence struggle
Tempo – December 11, 2017
The United States has disclosed documents on Papua independence struggle. The documents say that Papuans asked for U.S. funding and armed them to fight Indonesian military in mid-1960.

Indonesia: A ray of hope for communist purge victims
UCA News – December 11, 2017
Indonesian Aris Panji Irianto did not mind traveling from his home in Central Java to Jakarta to meet with fellow victims of the nation's bloody 1965-66 anti-Communist purge.

LGBT activists in Indonesia face rising death threats
Asian Correspondent – December 11, 2017
"The extremists called and told us they planned to attack. We called the police beforehand, they wouldn't come... [they] showed up at the very end and watched us be beaten."

Child marriage is at 'emergency' levels in Indonesia: Deputy minister for child development
Coconuts Jakarta – December 11, 2017
Several stories about children as young as 14 getting married have went viral on social media in Indonesia in recent months, highlighting what many experts warn is a worrying trend of child marriages becoming more mainstream and normalized by society.

Public must formally ask to see Jakarta gov't meeting videos to avoid 'divisive memes': Vice Gov Sandiaga Uno
Coconuts Jakarta – December 11, 2017
Under former governors Joko Widodo and Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, Jakartans had unprecedented access to video recordings of meetings conducted by the Jakarta provincial government on Youtube as part of their administration's efforts to increase transparency.

Files show birth of Papua independence struggle
Washington Post – December 10, 2017
Prominent Papuans pleaded for the U.S. to give them money and arms in the mid-1960s to fight Indonesia's colonization of their vast remote territory, according to recently declassified American files that show the birth of an independence struggle that endures half a century later.

Much work still needs to be done on human rights, Jokowi admits
Tempo – December 10, 2017
President Joko Widodo admitted that much work to be done by the government to uphold human rights.

Half of cases of violence in N. Sumatra involved police, TNI: Kontras
Jakarta Post – December 10, 2017
The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has reported that half of the cases of violence in North Sumatra this year involved members of the National Police and the Indonesian Military (TNI).

Indonesian women combat 'epidemic' of street harassment
Straits Times – December 10, 2017
Tunggal Pawestri says she will never forget being groped on a public bus while travelling to her high school in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, when she was 14.

Stagnant wages and e-commerce ravage Indonesia's department stores
Nikkei Asian Review – December 10, 2017
After years of torrid growth, sales at retail establishments in Indonesia, especially department stores, are losing steam, as wage growth slows and online shopping takes off.

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